Stuart Criminal LawyersWhether you have been arrested after your vehicle has been pulled over for a traffic violation or you have been confronted at your front door by an officer that wants to search the property, an understanding of your legal rights is an absolute necessity. The U.S. Constitution and other state and federal laws offer powerful shields against law enforcement officers who rush to judgment and overzealous prosecutors. If officers or agents try to interrogate you, the best option is to unambiguously indicate you wish to assert your right to remain silent and to have your attorney present. Our Stuart criminal lawyers demystify the legal process, protect your legal rights, and persuasively defend clients against misdemeanor and felony charges.
Stuart DUI LawyersStuart Florida drunk driving laws do not make it a crime to drive after you have been drinking. You commit the crime of “driving under the influence” (DUI) if you have “physical control” or drive your vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAL) of .08 percent or above or you drive while your “normal faculties” are impaired. (See Section 316.193 of the Florida Statutes). While the precise punishment imposed will depend on a range of considerations that include prior convictions, BAL level, and other aggravating factors, you could face the following:
- Jail/Prison Time
- Exorbitant Fines and Expenses
- Drunk Driving School
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Mandatory Use of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
- Vehicle Impoundment
- Driver’s License Revocation
Stuart DUI Defense Tailored to Your CaseOur Stuart DUI lawyers tailor our defense strategies to the specific facts and circumstances, but defenses we might employ include:
- Explaining the inherent risk of false positive determinations of intoxication based on standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs)
- Exposing improper procedures when conducting the DUI investigation, SFSTs, and/or chemical testing
- Showing that a driver’s BAL was under the legal limit when stopped but rose above this threshold by the time a chemical test was conducted (Rising Blood Alcohol Defense)
- Proving the arresting officer lacked adequate facts to initiate a stop
- Revealing misrepresentations, exaggerations, or lies by the officer
Domestic Violence Lawyers in StuartWhile domestic violence constitutes a serious issue, political and media attention has escalated the pressure on police and prosecutors to aggressively pursue these cases. This pressure can promote overzealousness by law enforcement officers and the government lawyers who prosecute these cases.Domestic violence in Stuart is defined pursuant to Section 742.28 of the Florida Statutes to include a range of crimes involving violent behavior or threats to engage in acts of violence against members of the accused’s family or household. Although the statute enumerates specific offenses including assault, battery, kidnapping, sexual assault, sexual battery, and stalking, the provision also has a catch-all provision that applies to crimes that result in injury or death.
Domestic Violence AllegationsIf you are convicted of a sex crime, potential incarceration, a batterer treatment program, fines, and probation only tell part of the story in terms of consequences. Allegations of domestic violence sometimes will be fabricated in civil litigation involving child custody or divorce. Domestic violence allegations can be misused to seek an injunctive order that can impact your custodial parenting rights, child visitation, and your right to live in your own home. Even if you are not involved in this type of family court dispute, a criminal record of domestic violence could lead to the loss of your job, difficulty obtaining a promotion, and limitations on where you can be at any given time. Our domestic violence lawyers in Stuart recognize the oppressive nature of restrictions that accompany domestic violence convictions, so we work tenaciously to expose false allegations and to pursue the best possible results for our clients.
Stuart Sex Crime LawyersIndividuals targeted with allegations of a sex crime face a unique challenge. The mere accusation of this type of criminal offense frequently creates a cloud of doubt and suspicion among family members, co-workers, friends, neighbors, and others in your community that can be very difficult to dispel. Our Stuart sex crime lawyers work to mitigate this damage to our clients’ reputation. Conviction of a sexual offense carries serious consequences. Things considered sexual offenses include things like:
- Child Molestation
- Sexual Assault
- Child Pornography
- Statutory Rape
- Human Trafficking
- Sexual Battery
- Federal Sex Crimes
- Computer Sex Crimes
- Pimping and Pandering
Sex Offender Registration in Stuart FloridaHowever, sex offender registration constitutes the most onerous burden associated with a conviction of this category of offense. If you are required to register, your identity and other information will be accessible to the public by simply searching a website. The sex offender registration requirementsunder state law often will be reinforced by local ordinances that make it virtually impossible for a sex offender to live or work anywhere. While no one wants to be charged with this type of crime, an allegation does not mean you did anything wrong. Our Stuart sex crimes defense lawyers are not here to judge you, we are here to safeguard your rights and provide a persuasive defense.
Effective and Persuasive Defense Against Criminal Charges in StuartAlthough the above offenses account for many charges our clients must confront, we represent individuals charged with the full plethora of offenses like the following:
- Offenses involving public corruption
- Narcotics crimes from simple possession to drug trafficking
- Organized crime offenses including RICO charges
- Violent crimes that can carry capital sentences
- Weapon and firearm offenses
- Posession of stolen property
- White-collar criminal offenses
Stuart Criminal Defense LawyersFighting the law requires strategic and aggressive tactics. When it comes down to your freedom, there is no room for error. Our 150 years of combined criminal defense expertise makes us stand out from the rest. If you have been arrested or contacted by law enforcement regarding a pending investigation, you should not speak to the police or detectives without an experienced Stuart defense lawyer to protect your rights and advocate for your future. Our team is available 24/7 to assess your case and determine how we can help. Call our office today.
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